The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has released to the public draft building standards for disabled accessibility in commercial and government buildings.  As reported earlier, DSA has decided to rewrite California’s Disabled Accessibility Standards, using the federal Department of Justice regulations as the basis for our state regulations.


DSA’s rewrite includes amendments to DOJ’s regulations where California’s current standards are more stringent.  Over the past 8 months, we have participated in DSA stakeholder meetings throughout the state and provided comments.  On September 25-27, the Building Standards Commission (BSC) conducted a 3-day set of hearings to review the initial proposal.  The draft regulations released on Friday (10/26) incorporate the changes suggested by BSC’s Advisory Committee.  The public has until December 10th to review and provide comments on this regulatory proposal.  Click here to read and comment.


The BSC is expected to adopt this regulatory package at a 2-day hearing on January 9th and 10th with the changes taking effect statewide on January 1, 2014.


This regulatory effort complements the legislative measure we sponsored, SB 1186 (Steinberg/Dutton) signed into law in September.  Among other things, that measure prohibits “demand for money” letters by attorneys alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In addition, SB 1186 requires plaintiffs to cite the specific provisions in code for which they contend were violated and they must also describe how the violation infringed on their ability to use the building or service.

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